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Safeguarding Military Information


Published 1941


Stresses the importance of secrecy on the part of military personnel and workers engaged in defense activities, and shows the results of careless talk. Ship explosion, sabotage, and disastrous events result from thoughtless revelation of information to enemy.

STOCK SHOTS:
excellent spies in action; explosion; ship on fire being sprayed by fire ships; the work of a saboteur; bodies being carried away;
great titles over smoke: "THOUGHTLESSNESS BREEDS SABOTAGE"
soldier on phone with girlfriend trying to explain that he is unavailable without giving away a military secret.
spy listens in on conversation using large, hokey "hidden microphone"
radio operators; U-Boat; submarine captain looking through periscope; firing torpedoes; ship is sunk;
admonitions against discussing military information;
fire; aircraft and ammunition manufacturing;
bowling alley; soldier is approached by man asking for information; he reports this to his commanding officer; the "spy" is taken away by military security;
shop; newspaper office; general store; train wreck; aircraft detector;
strange shot: several ears are layered over the picture; then eyes are shown;


Producer Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Production Company U.S. Office of War Information
Sponsor U.S. Signal Corps
Audio/Visual sound, color

Credits

Cast: JUDY HOLIDAY -- "TRUDY". Eddie Bracken, actor. Written by Preston Sturges.

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Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 4, 2016
Subject: : Pay no attention to the microphone ornament on my jacket..
In this amazing artificact from the "Loose lips sink ships" era of War paranoia (or in this case, 'Thoughtlessness breeds sabotage!' (was Loose Lips Sink Ships" trademarked?) we see a collection of clips of how soldiers casually announce where they're going and what war equipment they're taking with them. In the first incident, the fellow blabs to his goyl on the phone, not noticing (or the bartender) the guy with the rather large mike on his jacket or the headphone in the ear. The guy then relates the message in some woefully obvious code language to the enemy. Relatives are not in the clear either! A mother reading out aloud a letter to a shopkeeper reveals soldiers leaving on a train. Someone overhears this, and proceeds to bomb the train. Train wreckage is then seen, with an image of the woman juxtaposed over it repeating what her son said, and then screaming! (One wonders if she'll blame the shopkeeper). Simply an amazing film, though the National Film Boards' "Keep Your Mouth Shut!" did it even better in 3/4 of the time. Still, this is a MUST SEE on this site!
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